The elastic green footpath, 2015
Project proposal for the city of Sidney
The project was thought or the Green Square Center in Sidney. I proposed to create a long
green elastic carpet along the city´s streets in the Green park area.
A sort of metaphorical bridge between the experience of walking in city streets and the feeling of relax, fun and joy experienced in green spaces. A footpath along the main park areas connects the city and park in a relaxing and fun experience. The footpath is an elastic carpet
on which people can jump. Its color is green to recall the name of the area and the color of the
surroundings. The surface of the elastic carpet can be covered by artificial grass.
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The Illuminated Rocks (I Sassi illuminati), site specific installation, 2017
Project proposal for a site specific installation for the city of Matera
The city of Matera is the capital city of the Basilicata region in Southern Italy.
Matera is well known for being one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world.
On October 17th 2014 Matera was declared European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Its ancient town, the “Sassi di Matera” (meaning “Rocks of Matera”) are habitations dug into
the calcareous rock itself.
Today part of those ancient habitations are no longer inhabited. I proposed to put solar
lanterns at every entrance so that they can be seen at night. The lanterns
charge during the day and light up at night.
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Project proposal for Martin Luther´s Memorial in Berlin, 2015
Collaboration with architect Riccardo Mariano
"for we are removing impediments and difficulties so that other people may read it without hindrance." Martin Luther on the translation of the bible into vernacular.
The new memorial for Martin Luther has an essential form with a meaningful and easily understandable narrative. The new configuration is inspired by Luther’s idea of making the bible more accessible by translating it into vernacular languages for people to easily understand it. The image of Luther’s statue among people rather than on a pedestal is meant to convey the idea of engagement as opposed to detachment. Luther was very grounded, he wanted to argue on behalf of mankind of bad things are beeing done in their name and he wanted to clear it out. In that sense the statue is “back on the ground” and off the pedestal.
The structure In the old memorial visitors are invited to go up the stairs and walk around, having a look at the surroundings under the firm position of Luther´s figure. The focus is on the idea of “embrace”. The proposal puts the emphasis on the “full and active participation“, also suggested by the reformation that Martin Luther triggered. The center position is unchangend to indicate Luther as the center of the reformation. The figures from 1895 are replaced by the people walking around the structure, who can step up and walk around the statue, sit under it. The accessibility of the new configuration encourages the viewers to become part of the work and contribute to its continual creation. A comfortable ramp invites people to gradually moving towards the statue by walking around it. The path enables visitors to experience Luther’s statue in a 360° view. Located on a busy road and in close proximity to the vast space of Alexanderplatz the memorial defines a protected and quiet place.
Tor zur Europa-Gate to Europe Alexanderplatz and its station are a gateway to Berlin and to Europe. A Monument in such a significant location must represent European culture’s ambitions and its core values. In this delicate historical moment a memorial in Berlin should represent the city’s tolerant spirit and its diverse cultural and creative melting pot. Openness to diversity and hospitality are notions relevant to Martin Luther’s overall message, whose influence crossed the national borders.
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